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Cheerleaders Root For Their Coach

A number of students were recognized for their achievements in various creative arts at the Glen Cove Board of Education meeting last week, an occasion that drew a packed house to the middle school library.

 

The board and district administration gave special commendations to Angie Mendoza, a student at Gribbin Elementary School, for being the regional winner of the Boys & Girls Club of America’s 12th

Annual Digital Arts Festival and winners of the Glen Cove Public Library’s “Write and Illustrate Your Own Book” contest. A total of 21 district students received first place or honorable mention in the contest, which was open to students in grades 2-5 throughout the district and allowed youngsters the opportunity to create books ranging in genre from science fiction to their own personal experiences.

 

Commendations were also given to high school senior Danny Casale, who won first place at the LIU Post Student Film/Video Festival, and to the Glen Cove High School TV production studio students for the work they have put in covering various events throughout the district. Chris Barry, who teaches the TV production class, was also given a commendation for his work and dedication to the students.

 

Barry talked about the live streaming aspect and commended the students; about Casale, he said, “No other kid has ever come in the top three two years in a row, let alone won the first place twice.”

 

Superintendent Maria L. Rianna commented on the end of year events in the district, which she has participated in for the first time this year.

 

“It has been an outstanding experience...I think the students of this district are just phenomenal,” she said.

 

During public comment period, members of the Glen Cove High School Varsity Cheerleading team—both those still in high school and graduating seniors —as well as a parent and a coach, expressed their support for Amy Serr, who had not yet been approved for the position for the 2014-15 school year as of the meeting.

 

“Because of Coach Serr, our skill level has improved,” said Rosa Pangari, a member of the squad. “We are a small squad but our feelings are strong. Please approve her for the 2014-15 school year as head coach of varsity cheerleading.”

 

“We became nationally ranked because of her,” said one of the seniors on the team. “The program wouldn’t be the same without her.”

 

“I also want to express backing for Coach Serr,” said Steve Tripp. “She coaches in the fall and has tryouts in June...it is a full year job and I hope she gets on the coach’s line salary...we appreciate all she does.”

 

“For the last two years she has been a role model and motivator for these student athletes,” said parent Maria Pangari. “She put Glen Cove Cheer on the map...she is professional and dedicated and our goal is to go to nationals again next year.”

 

The members of the board did not comment but took note of the opinions expressed.

 

Karen Ferguson, president of the GCTA, continued her tradition of giving the board some “summer reading” material; she gave each board member a copy of the latest Diane Ravitch book, Reign of Error, which she said she also plans to read.

 

“I hope it brings light and education to all of us,” said Ferguson.

News

It was the second annual goal setting workshop at Glen Cove High School on Tuesday, Oct. 14 and both the board of education and the public came up with some sound ideas for the district. School Superintendent Maria Rianna presented a slide show of four main areas that are the focus of district goals.

 

“We began this process last year and these goals are representative of what the community wanted to see,” said Rianna.

Glen Cove residents may see a 1.64 percent increase in the tax levy next year, the amount proposed at last week’s public hearing. Mayor Reginald Spinello and the Glen Cove City Council held an initial reading of the proposed budget for 2015, and will take final vote on Tuesday, Oct. 28, at the next city council meeting.

 

“It’s very easy for a first time mayor to raise the taxes and blame it on a prior administration, and that is not what I am doing,” said Mayor Spinello. “In the past three administrations there were budgets with increases of  almost 28 percent to down to 12 percent, but it’s a different time now...I think that the residents are certainly going to feel relief. I put together a budget...that I believe is fair and reasonable and a good budget.”


Sports

The Town of Oyster Bay, in conjunction with the New York Rangers, will once again host a special Try Hockey for Free Program on Sunday morning, Oct. 26 from 8 a.m. to noon at ithe Ice Skating Center located in Bethpage Community Park, 1000 Stewart Ave. 

 

The event will allow youngsters a unique opportunity to sample the sport of ice hockey. Four morning sessions will be available. Session times are 8 to 9 a.m., 9 to 10 a.m., 10 to 11 a.m. and 11 a.m. to noon.

On Thursday, Oct. 2, North Shore High School quarterback Michael Floccari shattered a school record and tied a Long Island record for the most touchdown passes in a game. This accomplishment ties him with E.J. Clark from Seaford High School (1977) and Joe Capobianco form Lawrence High school (2011). 


Calendar

Harvest Square Dance - October 24

Fall Festival - Octobner 24 - 25

Peace, Politics and Projectiles - October 26


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